Wicomico County was recently recognized by NACo as the first place recipient in the rural county category for the 2012 National County Government Month Award program. National County Government Month (NCGM) is a program hosted by NACo to raise public awareness of the services provided by county government. Celebrated annually in April, NACo encourages counties to actively promote county government programs available to citizens throughout the month.
More than 1,000 counties participate in NCGM each year by hosting a variety community outreach events and activities. These include tours of county facilities, recognition ceremonies for county employees and volunteers, distribution of information about county programs and services, sponsoring student essay contests, meetings with business and community leaders, and adoption of resolutions. This year’s theme was “Healthy Counties, Healthy Families,” which complements NACo President Lenny Eliason’s Healthy Counties presidential initiative.
Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt incorporated his overall theme for the county”Building Bridges, Building Communities: One Wicomico” into the county’s NCGM activities. The county’s theme focused on its commitment to actively pursue measures that allow citizens access to their county government, to learn about what the county does, and to make the connection between tax dollars and the value of county services. Throughout the month of April, Wicomico County promoted its activities through the creation of county department and project fact sheets and hosted a Wicomico County Government Day, along with other activities. Through these activities, the county was able to educate citizens on the important role of county government.
MACo congratulates Wicomico County!